I’ve accepted an offer for admission to Yale School of Drama’s MFA Acting Class of 2022.
By Minda Honey, 89.3 WFPL
“What I’ve come to believe is that the best way to enjoy this play is like a Magic Eye puzzle: just relax your focus and wait for what the swirls of comedy, choreography and cultural commentary have to reveal.”
By Eli Keel, Insider Louisville
“ ‘We’ve Come to Believe’ asks the audience to trust it, to follow along and engage with a non-traditional way of telling stories. I’m willing to drink the Kool-Aid, and I’d love to see next year’s PTC group take this story structure for a second voyage, with a new set of themes and archetypes.“
By Keith Waits, BWW Louisville
"It has been a tradition for some time that the last show to open in the Humana Festival is the Apprentice showcase, and if the reasons for reversing that tradition is due to logistics, it still satisfies another observation I have often made: that the opening show is usually a more accessible, crowd-pleasing comedy. We've Come to Believe fits that description, especially in the high-energy, vividly funny performance of the Professional Training Company. Although a few had stand out moments, this production uses them as a true ensemble, moving through physical and vocal choreography in unison or in contrast as the moment demands."
By Jeffrey Lee Puckett - Courier Journal
“They'll discover a treasure chest of high drama and dark humor from writers such as Lucas Hnath, Dave Harris and Lily Padilla. “
By Alex Roma, Leo Weekly
“But part of the poignancy and emotional tautness of “Pipeline” is that the words “school-to-prison pipeline” are never used in the script.“
By Keith Waits, Arts-Louisville
3:59 am: a drag race for two actors, by Marco Ramirez (directed by Shareef Elkady) was a tour de force of mirrored physically and vocally adroit performances by Seun Soyemi & Josh Fulton. I have no idea if this lyrical, poetic piece was written specifically for two young Black men, but it begins in stillness then moves into hyperdrive before landing again in repose, all the while feeling not just an examination of masculinity in general, and I honestly don’t know if the fact that the actors were African American lent it a specific cultural flavor or not. In any event, Soyemi and Fulton do good work here.
By Minda Honey, WFPL News
Dominique Morisseau, playwright and 2018 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recipient, serves as a conduit between the souls of black folk and the stage. Her most recent play opened at Actors Theatre Thursday night. “Pipeline” is the story of New York City high school teacher Nya (Patrese D. McClain) determined to save her son, Omari (Cecil Blutcher), from the school-to-prison pipeline that threatens to sweep away the potential of our black youth.
BY Keith Waits, Broadway World
If Actors Theatre were to make an annual tradition of producing the latest Dominique Morisseau play every January, it would be a reason to rejoice. One year after the indelible Skeleton Crew, director Steve H. Broadnax III, and actor Patrese D. McClain have returned with Pipeline, an even stronger play that implodes the narrative clichés that have weighed down African American stories for generations.
By Eli Keel, Insider Louisville
“When stripped of political statements, Pipeline is a universally recognizable drama about people who cannot connect and how the lack of connection distills and intensifies their fears and pains until they explode.”
The Professional Training Company (formerly the Apprentice/Intern Company) is one of the cornerstones of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. A diverse company of 42 young theatre professionals participate in a full-immersion program focused on practical, experiential training designed to ease the transition into a professional career. Use the sidebar to learn more about the Professional Training Company and its unique season of new work.
by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos
directed by Will Davis
performed by the actors of the 2018-2019 Professional Training Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
Consider the raw power of groupthink: hordes of collectors losing their minds over the latest consumer fad, hundreds of followers duped by a charismatic leader, and entire communities gripped by irrational panic. How do so many people come to share the same bizarre beliefs? How would we know if we are the ones who are deluded? Writing for the actors in this season’s Professional Training Company, three fearless playwrights dive into the absurd and sometimes hilarious world of collective delusion, and the alarming places it can lead.
An Evening of New Work
Written by Local High School Students
Sponsored by LG&E, KU Energy and the Robert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family Foundation
Actors Theatre of Louisville is proud to announce the return of the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. This year’s lineup will feature eight new plays by local high school students. The 14th annual festival will be sponsored by LG&E, KU Energy, and the Robert W. Rounsavall Jr. Family Foundation.
The festival is produced by the Education Department at Actors Theatre. Each piece is assigned a director, a dramaturg, a design team, and a group of actors from the Professional Training Company (PTC), who work in conjunction with the playwrights to bring these pieces to life. Together, each team participates in workshops, production meetings, and a full rehearsal process before the festival in April. Each year, the plays produced in the festival are also published in the New Voices Young Playwrights Anthology.